Joy Schumann

Obituary of Joy O Schumann


It is with much sadness that we announce that our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt, Joy Schumann, age 90, passed away on Wednesday July 27, 2022 in Eagan, MN.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years Arthur, her parents Orville and Ruth Briese, and brother Jack. 

Joy worked for Sierra College in Rocklin, CA in administration as well as teaching adult education classes on Interior Design.  Joy was also a proud part time employee for the San Francisco 49ers where she was the administrative assistant for the VP of Football Operations.  Among her many duties was typing up player contracts and informing the NFL office of player status during annual training camps.  She was much loved by coaches and players and was on a first name basis with her favorite player, Joe Montana!   After retiring from Sierra College, Joy followed her dream of becoming an interior decorator.  At age 70 Joy started her own successful business redesigning client’s homes!   As part of her decorating business, Joy created and managed her own website and home décor blog.  Through this, Joy developed many lasting friendships with people all over the country.

Joy had many interests that she was passionate about.   She absolutely loved country music and particularly loved Blake Shelton and George Strait.  Joy and her husband Art participated in and taught competitive country dancing, winning several awards across the United States.   She enjoyed decorating all her homes and opened her home for Christmas Home Tours for many years.   Joy was also an avid golfer enjoying many rounds of golf at her home in Roseville, California.   She was also an expert seamstress and often made clothes for her daughters, window treatments, and even doll clothes!   She also very much enjoyed crafting with her grandchildren.  Those that knew Joy knew she loved to shop as evidenced by her “Joy’s Shopping Cart” license plate holder.  In earlier years, Joy and her family also enjoyed camping and boating.

Joy’s name say’s it all.  The essence of her name was how she lived.  She was loved by many and was a kind and generous person.  Joy had a quick wit and loved to joke with her caregivers even toward the end of her life.  She was a strong person and always fought to get better.  Her positive attitude was amazing.  She never gave up even when faced with many health issues over the last couple years.  She never complained about her situation and was always optimistic that she would recover.   Joy was simply a joy to be around, and her family and friends will miss her terribly.

Joy is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Greg) Staten and Karen (John) Davich; grandchildren, Stephanie (Nick) Zabloski, Rachel (Derick) Fiebiger, Kelsey (Reid) Petersen, Eliott (Natalie) Jorgensen, Jillian Staten; and four great grandchilden plus one on the way.  Last but not least, Joy’s loving cat Ollie.

Joy’s family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses and caregivers that took care of Joy over the last few years.   In particular we would like to thank the staff of Eagan Pointe Senior Living, Touching Hearts at Home, Brenda and Ella.   The date for Joy’s Celebration of Life is still being finalized.   The family requests donations be made in lieu of flowers to either the Animal Humane Society of Golden Valley or the American Heart Association. 

A Memorial Tree was planted for Joy
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Cremation Society of Minnesota
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